For the past 10 years or so Amazon has been my "library" of choice. They make it easy to buy, they keep track of what I read and offer new suggestions, I can get free shipping with them and when buying used books I can pay as little as a penny a book plus postage. But in a fit of economy a few months ago I decided to start using our local library again, and unfortunately this hasn't worked out. Our library is small and though they try to keep up to date with books the selection is not good. If you like "cutesy" mysteries solved by chefs, knitters, quilters, book sellers or antique dealers, they've probably got a book for you. If you want a romance (and notice that's about the only genre I didn't mention reading) about a Highlander, pirate, frontiersman, aristocrat, time traveler, vampire, again, they've probably have a book for you. If you want science fiction or fantasy from 20 years ago they might have it. If you want the "trashier" books off the New York Times best seller list you can get in line for one of those. But if you enjoy older authors, books from the 30's, 40's or 50's they don't have any. If you want books to make you think, to take you outside of yourself, then you're in for a disappointment. Each week I've brought a stack of books home, tried to read them, at times made myself finish them and hauled them back to the library in hopes that the next visit would be more successful.
I get the feeling I'm not the only person feeling a bit let down by the choices available for as I turned my books in last time a lady eagerly asked if any of my books was any good and I sadly had to tell her no, not a one of them.
So Amazon I'm coming home.